Located in Alpharetta, Buckhead, East Cobb, Midtown, and serving the surrounding areas of Atlanta and Marietta, Dermatology Affiliates offers treatment for rosacea to those who desire to correct skin discolorations through medical dermatology.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by flushing and blushing. It leads to a rosy appearance in the face. This is the result of enlarged blood vessels in the face. The condition is common and often appears on the cheeks and nose. As time passes, rosacea can develop on the forehead and chin. In severe cases, rosacea causes bumps that resemble pimples and ruddy skin.
What are the Symptoms of Rosacea?
- Ruddy face
- Flushing or blushing intermittently usually in response to a trigger
- Pimple-like bumps on the face
- Spider veins on the face
- Thicker or swollen skin
- Nose becoming more bulbous
Who Gets Rosacea?
While anyone can get rosacea, middle-aged women with fair skin are more likely to be affected by the disorder. Approximately 14 million Americans have rosacea. Other common factors in those with rosacea are:
- Fair skin
- Between 30 and 50 years old
- Personal history of acne
- Family history of rosacea
What Causes Rosacea?
The cause of rosacea is unknown. Flare-ups may be triggered by spicy foods, drinking alcohol, hot foods, and stress. In addition to the facial symptoms of rosacea, eyes can be affected due to inflammation of the lining of the eyes.
How is My Rosacea Treated?
The first step in treatment is a skin evaluation. In this evaluation, your skin will be observed to identify the degree of severity, and to form a treatment plan. Common treatment plans include laser treatments, prescription medications, and home treatments. Treatments may be combined to help make a substantial improvement in symptoms or to completely eliminate the redness. Typically, rosacea treatments include oral and topical medications. Ongoing treatment is required because this is a chronic condition. The topical treatments used to treat rosacea are metronidazole, topical sulfur, and azelaic acid. At low doses, doxycycline can also help treat the condition. Lasers and intense pulsed light are used to treat redness that is unresponsive to medications. The use of sunscreen is necessary to protect the skin and help prevent flare-ups that are a result of irritation from the sun’s rays. While rosacea may resemble acne, it may not respond to medications that treat acne.
What is the Cost of Rosacea Treatments?
The costs involved in treating rosacea depend upon what treatments and procedures are used for each patient. Each patient is unique and may have different grades of the condition.
How Do I Begin Treatment to Remove Rosacea?
After a private consultation, the best treatment plan for rosacea will be discussed. To schedule a private consultation, please call our office. Dermatology Affiliates’ board-certified dermatologists and staff members provide personalized care for medical dermatology patients in and around Atlanta and Marietta. Our patients receive the most advanced technology in their rosacea treatment. As a result, our patients maintain optimal skin health and increase their self-confidence due to their revitalized appearance. Contact our friendly staff to schedule a consultation or to get additional information regarding rosacea treatments.